Redwood City teen accused in killing turns himself in

A teenager accused of killing a 17-year-old Redwood City resident last weekend surrendered himself to San Mateo County authorities Tuesday night.

The suspect, also 17 years old, was booked into the San Mateo County Youth Service Center in connection with the death of Solomone Zarate on Sept. 13, according to a statement issued by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Because of his age, the sheriff’s office did not release the name of the suspect, who, like Zarate, is from Redwood City.

According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect is believed to be a member of the Nortenos, a gang comprised mostly of Hispanics with historical ties to Northern California. Based on an investigation by sheriff’s office detectives, Zarate’s death appears to be motivated by a previous gang-affiliated confrontation.

Zarate was arguing with the suspect on Colombia Avenue, near El Camino Real, before he was shot, according to sheriff spokesman Lt. Ray Lunny. Zarate was transferred to Stanford Hospital but died two hours later.

Lunny said pressure from friends and family of the suspect led to his decision to surrender to authorities.

The murder suspect will be referred to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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